Father Stefan working notes for the Homily for Feb 19 ‘You are Temple of the Holy Spirit’

In the Second Reading we are told “Do You not know that you are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that the Spirit of God dwells in You?”(1 Cor 3:17-18)

We read in Ephesians 2: 19-22 ‘So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s Household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing in a ‘Holy Temple in The Lord’ in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.’

1 Peter 2:5 we read ‘You also, as living stones are being built up into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.’

St Therese the Little Flowers tells us ‘A Soul in a state of Grace has nothing to fear of demons who are cowards.’

St Catherine of Siena was gifted by the Lord to see a soul in a state of grace.
‘It was so beautiful that she could not look at it; the brightness of that soul dazzled her. Blessed Raymond, her confessor, asked her to describe to him, as far as she was able, the beauty of the soul she had seen. St Catherine though of the sweet light of that morning, and of the beautiful colors of the rainbow, but the soul was far more beautiful. She remembered the dazzling beans of the noonday sun, but the light which beamed from that soul was far brighter. She though of the pure whiteness of the lily and of the fresh snow, but that is only an earthly whiteness. The soul she had seen was bright with the whiteness of Heaven, such as there is not to found on earth.’

St Theresa of Avila says ‘In a state of Grace, the Soul is like a well which which flows only streams of clearest crystal. Its works are pleasing to God and to Man, rising from the River of Life.’ I think it was St Theresa of Avila who said. ‘The soul in a state of Grace is so beautiful that if you didn’t know better you would think it was God.’

THE CHURCH IS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

797 “What the soul is to the human body, the Holy Spirit is to the Body of Christ, which is the Church.”243 “To this Spirit of Christ, as an invisible principle, is to be ascribed the fact that all the parts of the body are joined one with the other and with their exalted head; for the whole Spirit of Christ is in the head, the whole Spirit is in the body, and the whole Spirit is in each of the members.”244 The Holy Spirit makes the Church “the temple of the living God”:245

Indeed, it is to the Church herself that the “Gift of God” has been entrusted. . . . In it is in her that communion with Christ has been deposited, that is to say: the Holy Spirit, the pledge of incorruptibility, the strengthening of our faith and the ladder of our ascent to God. . . . For where the Church is, there also is God’s Spirit; where God’s Spirit is, there is the Church and every grace.246
798 The Holy Spirit is “the principle of every vital and truly saving action in each part of the Body.”247 He works in many ways to build up the whole Body in charity:248 by God’s Word “which is able to build you up”;249 by Baptism, through which he forms Christ’s Body;250 by the sacraments, which give growth and healing to Christ’s members; by “the grace of the apostles, which holds first place among his gifts”;251 by the virtues, which make us act according to what is good; finally, by the many special graces (called “charisms”), by which he makes the faithful “fit and ready to undertake various tasks and offices for the renewal and building up of the Church.”252

Think how beautiful St Peter’s Church in Rome is? You soul when it is in a state of Grace is infinitely more beautiful. You are a Living Stone in the Temple of The Lord. Holy Spirit make me into a living stone and place me where you want me in the temple of the Lord.

Feb 3 Feast of St Blaise

How many of you have been to mass and healing service? You might say I don’t think that I have been to one. But you might have been to one and not realized it.

February 3 is the feast day of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr. St Blaise was a fourth century bishop. Tradition tells us that a woman had a son who was choking on a fish bone, and the bishop prayed over the boy and he was healed.

From this event in the life of St Blaise rose the tradition of blessing the throats of people at mass on Feb 3.

At the mass the priest or deacon will say as he places two candles around the person’s throat, “through the intercession of St Blaise bishop and martyr may you be healed of every disease of the throat and of every other illness.”

I think there is a lot of theology in this prayer. First we are asking for the intercession of St Blaise. But we also in this prayer have a theology of the church’s teaching on suffering.

We are asking through the intercession of St Blaise to not only heal the throat. but any other illness.

The prayer that the priest or deacon prays is part of the official liturgy of the church. I think we see the church’s teaching on illness. Namely that all sickness and disease is not part of God’s plan because we are praying for the healing of the throat and of every other illness.

I often meet people who never think of going to a mass and healing service. They might say those “charismatics are crazy”. Maybe without realizing it we go to a mass and healing service on the feast of St Blaise.

Like all healing services we have to have faith. When we get our throats blessed this Friday on the feast of St Blasie may we come with faith and expect to get healed.

If you have cancer, heart disease, back problems, or throat disease come with faith and allow God to heal you through the intercession of St Blaise bishop and martyr.

Blessing Father Stefan

Father Stefan Reflection for the day Feb 1 Holy Spirit and knowing God Will

The Liturgy of The Hours today has a reading on ‘Spiritual Perfection’ by Diadochus of Photice, bishop. He writes “Therefore, we mist maintain great stillness of mind, even in the midst of our struggles. We shall then be able to distinguish between different types of thoughts that come to us: those that are good, those sent by God, we will treasure in our memory; those that are evil and inspired by the devil we will reject. A comparison with the sea may help us. A tranquil sea allows the fisherman to gaze right to its depths. No fish can hide there and escape his sight. The stormy sea, however, becomes murky when it is agitated by the winds. The very depths that it revealed in its placidness, the sea now hides. The skills of the fisherman are useless.”

“Only the Holy Spirit can purify the mind: unless the strong man enters and robs the thief, the booty will not be recovered. So by every means, but especially by peace of soul, we must try to provide the Holy Spirit with a resting place…This is why the Apostles says ‘Do not stifle the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of goodness: do not grieve him by your evil actions and thoughts, and so deprive yourself of the defense his light afford you. In his own being, which is eternal and life-giving, he is not stifled, in darkness, deprived of the light of knowledge.”

Fr Wilfried Stinissen in his book ‘The Holy Spirit Fire of Divine Love’ tells us “The voice of the Spirit always creates inner harmony. He does not bring about alienation. The one who obeys him feels he has become more himself, that he has received a genuine ‘identity’ and a greater rootedness’

‘The entire Gospel gives witness to this. Zachariah prophesies about Jesus that ‘through the tender mercy of our God…the day shall dawn upon us from on high…to guide our feet in the way of peace’ (Lk 1:78-79). ‘Peace I leave with you.’ says Jesus Jesus (Jn 14:27). and he greets with the words: ‘Peace be with you.’ (Jn 20:19)

‘It can happen that the Spirit’s voice creates a holy restlessness at first. For example, it is typical for a religious vocation often to give rise to feeling of resistance. But if the vocation is genuine, it will afterwards lead to a deep peace. Thrown a magnet into iron filings. The first reaction is a great stir. This is because the small particles are set in motion by the magnet and hurry to take up their new position.’

‘If you wish to know if it is the Spirit speaking, wait a little while, and see if Joy and peace are lasting. This rule can also be formulated in the reverse: If you heeded an impulse that you believed to be from the Holy Spirit but never experienced peace in it, you were mistaken and must admit that this impulse cannot have come from the Holy Spirit.’

Scripture says ‘Be Still and Know that I am God.’ Spend a few minutes today. Just be quiet for a few minutes and see what the Holy Spirit is telling you today.’

Working Note For Homily On Sunday Feb 5 ‘You are the salt of the Earth’ ‘Everyone will be Salted with Fire’

In the Gospel we will read this Sunday:
Jesus said to his disciples ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses it taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lamp stand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.’ (Mt 5 13-16)

Salt Preserves, Cleanses, Brings out Taste.

Jesus says in Mark (9:49) ‘Everyone will be salted with fire.’
‘But if salt looses it taste, with what can it be seasoned. It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.’ When we fell by original sin. We were wounded but not depraved. Salt cannot help season or preserve spoiled meat. We need this spiritual salt to prevent our wounded souls and hearts from becoming spoiled. But more importantly this spiritual salt brings out the life of Jesus in our hearts. But if our hearts are ‘spoiled and corrupt’ this salt can do no good in our soul. This Spiritual Salt ‘Is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.’

In Genesis 19:26 When Lot and His wife were fleeing Sodom. We are told ‘But Lot’s wife looked back and she became a pillar of salt.’ In a Jewish Mid Rash tradition Lot’s Wife cried so many tears of sadness for the sake of Sodom. That she became a pillar of salt.

Leviticus 2: 13 tells us ‘ You shall season all your cereal offering with salt; you shall not let the salt of the covenant with your God be lacking from your cereal offering.’

In 2 Kings 21 the Prophet Elisha ‘He said bring me a bowl and put salt in it’ so they brought it to him. Then he went into the spring of water and threw salt in it, and said ‘Thus said the Lord, I have made this water wholesome; henceforth neither death nor miscarriage shall come from it. So the water has been wholesome to this day.”

In the Blessing of Holy Water the Priest used Blessed Salt and said this prayer

‘O Salt, creature of God, I exorcise you by the living God, By the True God By the Holy God. By the God who ordered Elisha the prophet, so that its life-giving powers might be restored. I exorcise you so that you may become a means of salvation for believers, that you may bring health of soul and body to all who make use of you, and that you may put to flight and drive away form the places where you are sprinkled; every apparition, villainy, turn of devilish deceit, and every unclean spirit; abjured by him who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.’

Jesus tells us in Mary Gospel ‘Salt is good, but if the salt has lost it saltiness, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.’ (Mk 9:50)

Paul say in Colossians ‘Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.’ (Col 4:6)

Salt season and preserves food. Spiritual salt preserves and seasons our heart and tongue.

New born were cleaned in salt. We read in the prophet Ezekiel 16:4 ‘And as for your birth, on the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to make you clean, nor were you rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths.’ New Born were rubbed with salt. In Baptism ‘Before the candidates enter the Church or baptistry, salt is blessed with an exorcism, and a pinch can be put in the mouth of the candidates. However, in modern practice this can be skipped.’

Leviticus 2: 13 tells us ‘ You shall season all your cereal offering with salt; you shall not let the salt of the covenant with your God be lacking from your cereal offering.’

When we read in Mark Gospel ‘That everyone will be salted with Fire.’

As salt was used in the offering in Leviticus. Jesus sends the the Spiritual Salt. The Holy Spirit in the image of salt into the offering of our hearts. Salt is used for cleaning and purifying the offering. So the Holy Spirit Salt that Jesus will spend to us will cleanse and purify our hearts. So that Our Hearts will be a true offering to Jesus.

Being ‘Salted with Fire’ will often burn, but that is because our hearts are often corrupt and need to be cleansed by this burning Spiritual Salt. This Spiritual Salt will preserve our hearts souls, so that we will be a pleasant fragrance of Jesus Christ in the world. This Spiritual Salt will be healing to the world and prevent it from falling into corruption. This Spiritual Salt of the Holy Spirit Fire bring healing to the world.

Father Stefan Working on Homily for this Sunday starting to make working notes ‘You are the salt of the Earth’5 th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the Gospel we will read this Sunday:
Jesus said to his disciples ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses it taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lamp stand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.’ (Mt 5 13-16)

Salt Preserves, Cleanses, Brings out Taste.

Jesus says in Mark (9:49) ‘Everyone will be salted with fire.’
‘But if salt looses it taste, with what can it be seasoned. It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.’ When we fell by original sin. We were wounded but not depraved. Salt cannot help season or preserve spoiled meat. We need this spiritual salt to prevent our wounded souls and hearts from becoming spoiled. But more importantly this spiritual salt brings out the life of Jesus in our hearts. But if our hearts are ‘spoiled and corrupt’ this salt can do no good in our soul. This Spiritual Salt ‘Is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.’

In Genesis 19:26 When Lot and His wife were fleeing Sodom. We are told ‘But Lot’s wife looked back and she became a pillar of salt.’ In a Jewish Mid Rash tradition Lot’s Wife cried so many tears of sadness for the sake of Sodom. That she became a pillar of salt.

Leviticus 2: 13 tells us ‘ You shall season all your cereal offering with salt; you shall not let the salt of the covenant with your God be lacking from your cereal offering.’

In 2 Kings 21 the Prophet Elisha ‘He said bring me a bowl and put salt in it’ so they brought it to him. Then he went into the spring of water and threw salt in it, and said ‘Thus said the Lord, I have made this water wholesome; henceforth neither death nor miscarriage shall come from it. So the water has been wholesome to this day.”

In the Blessing of Holy Water the Priest used Blessed Salt and said this prayer

‘O Salt, creature of God, I exorcise you by the living God, By the True God By the Holy God. By the God who ordered Elisha the prophet, so that its life-giving powers might be restored. I exorcise you so that you may become a means of salvation for believers, that you may bring health of soul and body to all who make use of you, and that you may put to flight and drive away form the places where you are sprinkled; every apparition, villainy, turn of devilish deceit, and every unclean spirit; abjured by him who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.’

Jesus tells us in Mary Gospel ‘Salt is good, but if the salt has lost it saltiness, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.’ (Mk 9:50)

Paul say in Colossians ‘Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.’ (Col 4:6)

Salt season and preserves food. Spiritual salt preserves and seasons our heart and tongue.

New born were cleaned in salt. We read in the prophet Ezekiel 16:4 ‘And as for your birth, on the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to make you clean, nor were you rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths.’ New Born were rubbed with salt. In Baptism ‘Before the candidates enter the Church or baptistry, salt is blessed with an exorcism, and a pinch can be put in the mouth of the candidates. However, in modern practice this can be skipped.’

Leviticus 2: 13 tells us ‘ You shall season all your cereal offering with salt; you shall not let the salt of the covenant with your God be lacking from your cereal offering.’

When we read in Mark Gospel ‘That everyone will be salted with Fire.’

As salt was used in the offering in Leviticus. Jesus sends the the Spiritual Salt. The Holy Spirit in the image of salt into the offering of our hearts. Salt is used for cleaning and purifying the offering. So the Holy Spirit Salt that Jesus will spend to us will cleanse and purify our hearts. So that Our Hearts will be a true offering to Jesus.

Being ‘Salted with Fire’ will often burn, but that is because our hearts are often corrupt and need to be cleansed by this burning Spiritual Salt. This Spiritual Salt will preserve our hearts souls, so that we will be a pleasant fragrance of Jesus Christ in the world. This Spiritual Salt will be healing to the world and prevent it from falling into corruption. This Spiritual Salt of the Holy Spirit Fire bring healing to the world.

Father Stefan working on Homily for 4 Sunday Ordinary time beatitudes-Blessed are Those who Weep…Notes Thoughts for Homily

Blessed are You that Weep Now, for You shall laugh

Thought from Cantalamessa book ‘Beatitudes’

The New Relationship between Pleasure and Pain. ‘Human beings try desperately to detach these conjoined twins, to isolate pleasure from Pain. But in Vain, the very same disordered pleasure turns back and transform itself into suffering. And This can happen spontaneously and tragically or a little at at time, insofar as the nature of pleasure is transitory and soon produces weariness and boredom.’

I was think of St Ignatius at the time of his conversion. When lying on his bed and thinking of pleasure and pain. He wrote ‘But there was a difference. When Ignatius reflected on worldly thoughts he felt intense pleasure, but when he gave up out of weariness he felt dry and depressed. Yet when he though of living the rigorous life that he knew the saints had lived. He not only experienced pleasure when he though about it but even when he dismissed these thoughts he still experienced great joy.’

‘Illicit pleasure is deceptive because it promises what it cannot give. Before being tasted it seems to offer you infinity and eternity. But once it is used up, you find yourself empty handed.’

‘When a pleasure is against the law of God, symbolized by Adam and Eve in their eating the forbidden fruit. God permits pain and death to follow, more as a remedy than as a punishment. It does so lest, hurriedly acting on their selfishness and their base instincts, human being destroy themselves as well as their neighbor. Therefore, we see pain adhering to pleasure like a shadow.’

‘Christ has finally broken the chain…Jesus does so, in short, the opposite what Adam and every human being does….Rising from the dead. Christ inaugurated a new type of pleasure that does not precede pain as its cause but follow it as it fruit. Even true of every genuine pleasure’

‘All of this is wonderfully proclaimed in this beatitude that contrasts the sequence of laughter-weeping to the sequence of weeping-laughter. The difference, an infinite one, is the fact that in the order proposed by Jesus, it is pleasure not pain, that will have the last word and what matters even more that this last word will continue for eternity.’

St Thomas writes how we are made for pleasure. Yes Pleasure is Good. Some Thoughts on Pleasure from Peter Kreeft Book ‘Practical Theology’ St Thomas writes about Love and Pleasure ‘The greater the desire for the thing loved, the greater the pleasure when it is attained. Indeed the very increase of desire being with it an increase of pleasure.’ The More we thirst for God the more pleasure we will be able to experience in Heaven. A life of Virtues unites us to God. So There is ‘a necessity of the relationship between virtue and pleasure.’

St Thomas writes ‘Pleasure is in itself an inherent good.’ ‘In Heaven the tremendous pleasure of the Beatific Vision will motivate us to enter more deeply, and that deeper understanding will produce even more pleasure, which in turn will motivate is to enter in to it more deeply forever. We will never been bored, because God is infinite and we are forever finite. So there will be new truth and new pleasure at every moment.’ St Thomas says ‘Such pleasure does not hinder the act of reason but helps it.’

St Thomas quotes the scripture ‘At your right hand is pleasure’ Thomas would say ‘The Good brings pleasure. So the greater the good the greater the pleasure we ought to experience.’ However Pleasure is not sought for it own sake. When it it we miss the pleasure. We seek the Good and pleasure follows.

Some More Thoughts from Cantalamessa book ‘beatitude’ Weeping become laughter. Your sorrows will turn to Joy.
There are tear of sorrows. Weep for our sins. Gift of tear. But Cantalamessa writes also ‘There is another type of tears. One can weep from sorrow but also from deep emotion and joy. The most beautiful tears are those that fill our eyes when enlightened by the Holy Spirit we ‘Taste and see that the Lord is Good.’ ‘When one is this state of grace, he or she marvels that the world and we ourselves do not fall on our knees and weep with deep emotion and amazement. Tears like this most have fallen from Augustine’s eyes when he wrote in his Confession ‘How have you loved us, O good Father, who did not spare your own Son, but delivered him up for us sinners. How have you loved us.’

Jesus Gives Pleasure. More Infinitely More than the world can give. Holy Spirit gives us Pleasure Joy and Delight

Thought for the Pro-Life March From Papa Francis

Pope Francis connects killing the unborn baby and our throw away culture. He writes, “The food that we throw away could feed the entire world.” He writes, ‘Nothing is resolved by taking a life..Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question of abortion..this is not something subject to alleged reforms or ‘modernization.’ It is not ‘progressive’ to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life..We have done little to adequately accompany women in very difficult situations, where abortion appears as a quick solution to their profound anguish, especially when the life developing withing them is the result of rape or a situation of extreme poverty, who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?..Yet this defense of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development.” John Paul II always said so beautifully that we are to use things and love people. A throw away culture loves things and uses people. May we learn to love persons and use things.

A common slogan among those who work for peace is, “A violation of human rights anywhere is a threat everywhere.” We need to protect everyone basic human rights. Where does this start? It begins with first protecting the life of the unborn baby in the womb. If we can see the humanity of the unborn baby than we have a logical framework to see the basic human rights of every person.

We read in the catechism, “In the presence of Christ, who is truth itself. the truth of each man’s relationship with God will be laid bare. The last judgment will reveal even to the furthest consequences the good each person has done or failed to do during his earthly life: Augustine says, ‘All that the wicked do is recorded, and they do not know. When ‘our God comes, he does not keep silence.. he will turn toward those at his left hand:..’ I placed my poor little ones on earth for you. I as their head was seated in heaven at the right hand of the my father-but on earth my members were suffering, my members on earth were in need. If you gave anything to my members, what you gave would reach their Head. Would that you had known that my little ones were in need when I placed them on earth for you and appointed them your stewards to bring your good work into my treasury. But you have placed nothing in their hand: there for you have have found nothing in my presence.’”(1039)

Today is the Feast Day of the Conversion of St Paul ‘Soul Institute’

We read this morning, “Paul addressed the people in these words:I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia,but brought up in this city.At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral lawand was zealous for God, just as all of you are today.I persecuted this Way to death,binding both men and women and delivering them to prison.Even the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify on my behalf. For from them I even received letters to the brothers and set out for Damascus to bring back to Jerusalem in chains for punishment those there as well. On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.’My companions saw the light but did not hear the voice of the one who spoke to me. I asked, ‘What shall I do, sir?’ The Lord answered me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told about everything appointed for you to do.’ Since I could see nothing because of the brightness of that light, I was led by hand by my companions and entered Damascus. A certain Ananias, a devout observer of the law, and highly spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, came to me and stood there and said, ‘Saul, my brother, regain your sight.’ And at that very moment I regained my sight and saw him. Then he said, ‘The God of our ancestors designated you to know his will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear the sound of his voice; for you will be his witness before all to what you have seen and heard. Now, why delay? Get up and have yourself baptized and your sins washed away, calling upon his name.’”(Act 22 4-16)

Jesus said to Saint Faustina, “The graces I grant you are not for you alone, but for a great number of other souls as well…And you heart is My constant dwelling place, despite the misery you are….The greater the sinner, the greater the right to My Mercy.” (723)

I Love that line, ‘The greater the sinner, the greater the right to my mercy.’ Paul was a great sinner but he was shown mercy. Jesus tells priests, “When you speak of My Mercy the most hardened hearts will be changed.” The conversion of Paul ought to give us great confidence in the Mercy of God.

One of the attribute of Mercy is that it is drawn to the sin. Our sins do not repulse God. Our sins attract God to us. That is why Jesus says to St Faustina, ‘The greater the sinner the greater the right to My Mercy.”

Jesus, “I trust in Your Mercy.”

Father Stefan Notes for 2 nd week of ordinary time the Holy Spirit comes upon Jesus in the form of a ‘Dove’

We will read in the Gospel Today ‘John bore witness ‘I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from Heaven and remain him….I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'”

We read in Genesis ‘The Earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the earth.’

The word the Spirit was Hovering is meant to give an image of the Dove of the Holy Spirit. The hovering is like a Dove. In the same way when a priest puts his hands over the bread and wine during the ‘epiclesis’ the hands of the priest are meant to be a image of the ‘Dove of the Holy Spirit.’ The action of the priest is meant to invoke the Holy Spirit ‘Dove’ over the void of creation in Genesis.

Song Come Holy Spirit Heavenly Dove
‘Come Holy Spirit Heavenly Dove
With all they quickening power
Kindle the flame of sacred love
In these cold hearts of ours

Come Holy Spirit Heavenly Dove
With all they quickening power
Come give us the Savior Love
And Kindle that Love in our Hearts’

As Noah released the Dove out of the Ark. The Dove came back with an Olive Branch in its mouth. The Dove proclaim a New Creation. The Dove of the Holy Spirit has descended on Jesus Today. The Dove has broken the Olive Branch on Jesus. And from the Olive Branch the Oil of the Holy Spirit has descended on Jesus. The Dove of the Holy Spirit proclaims that the flood is over. When we were baptized the Father sent the Dove of the Holy Spirit upon us and the Father said ‘You are my beloved Child in whom I am well pleased.’ Saint John Paul II wrote ‘The symbol of the dove indicates forgiveness of sin, reconciliation with God and renewal of the covenant.’

St Cyril says ‘Having been baptized into Christ and have put on Christ you have been made like the Son of God. Having become partakers of Christ. You are properly called Christ. And of you God says ‘Touch not my Christ or anointed’ You have been made Christ.’

The Father says to us ‘behold, you are beautiful, my love, behold you are beautiful! Your eyes are doves.’

We are the the little dove of Jesus. the Dove is symbol of Purity and Peace
We are too be like the the Dove and be ‘Pure and Peaceful.’

‘Once on a Pentecost Sunday ‘Saint Theresa of Avila experienced an ecstasy. She saw a dove come down and rest on her head, its wings like flakes of mother-of-pearl glowing brightly. But far from upsetting her. Her spirit ‘Was filled with great peace and began to rejoice in sweetness and quiet.’

‘The Church is the House of the Dove’
St Basil Speaks of the ‘Eucharist as the Dove.’ ‘The Eucharist is Clothed with the Holy Spirit.’

Look- the Symbol over the tabernacle is a Dove. The Eucharist is reserved in the Heavenly Dove.

This Year is the 100 year since Fatima. If you look at the feet of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima you often see 3 doves. This is because of a little miracles concerning the Statue of Fatima in Portugal in 1946.

Ask Mary to send upon you the Dove of the Holy Spirit
Mary I ask you today ‘Send Down upon Us. Send Down upon me the Dove of the Holy Spirit. Help me to hear that I am the ‘The Little Dove that Jesus delight to see’
Mary send the Dove of the Holy Spirit upon me and Help me to be Pure Peaceful and Simple like a Little Dove.